Masako Formals hair and makeup artist Hitomi Ohki, introduced Japanese TV channel Kiku TV to the history of kimonos. Hitomi was trained in Kyoto under a kimono master, and now dresses children, families, and couples in traditional kimonos at Masako Formal’s Kimono Photo Studio. In this epoisode of Naruhodo, Hitomi shares her kimono knowledge with Hawaii.
Check out store owner Kumi in a Tomesode kimono and enjoy learning a little more about Japanese kimono culture!
Today Hitomi and Kumi taught Zoe to respect the samurai era. They surprised her with a full kimono dressing. Zoe almost passed out during the first attempt and Hitomi had to undo the painstaking dressing (it is not uncommon for brides, especially in the summer, to get dizzy and faint while in their kimonos!). The second time was a success! Respect for kimonos! And definitely eat breakfast before you get in one!
Hitomi, Masako Formals hair and makeup artist and professional kimono dresser, trained under a kimono master in Kyoto. Here she is tying the obi into a bow that will be displayed in the back of the kimono.
Hitomi explains the traditional kimono accessories – a knife, a fan, and makeup purse
The kimono involves many layers including traditional skirt and shirt underwear, a silk robe, several layers wrapped around the waist, the kimono itself, the obe, and several other ties, sashes, and collars.
Masako Formals store owner Kumi (right) stays stoked.
Long sleeve kimonos were traditionally worn by young women and brides. After marriage the sleeves are shortened because they get in the way of housework!
Our bridal stylist Zoe, learned to respect the samurai era!